All of the Edmonton Oilers’ success this season have come against Eastern Conference opponents, and they’re looking for that to continue for at least one more game.
The Oilers attempt to remain unbeaten at home against the East on Tuesday night, when they go for a fourth straight win against the Ottawa Senators.
Edmonton (6-9-1) has won six of eight interconference games, winning all four at home while compiling 15 goals. The Oilers have scored 16 while going 0-7-1 against the West at any venue.
That trend continued Tuesday, when Edmonton gave up three first-period goals and never recovered in a 3-2 loss at Nashville following road wins over Buffalo and the New York Rangers.
Coach Dallas Eakins wants a complete performance.
"We got our feet underneath us. We had a good meeting (in the intermission). I thought we were better in the remaining two periods but it was too big a hole," Eakins told the team’s official website. "Our next step is finding a way to play 60 minutes every night. That’s how the playoff teams play."
The Oilers, tied with Arizona and Colorado for the fewest points in the conference, are looking for another productive outing from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The center has totaled eight of his 11 points against the East, including all five of his goals.
He had one goal and one assist in a 3-1 win at New York on Sunday and set up Benoit Pouliot’s tally against the Predators.
Pouliot has two goals and one assist in the past two games after getting four points in the first 14.
Jordan Eberle has chipped in with an assist in each of the last two contests after he failed to muster any points with a minus-3 rating over the previous two. The right wing shares the team lead in scoring with Nugent-Hopkins at 11 points, collecting five in four home games.
Eberle found the net in a 3-2 home win over the Senators (7-4-4) on March 4 that completed a series sweep, and Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and an assist in a 3-1 win at Ottawa on Oct. 19, 2013.
The Senators are trying to snap a season-high three-game slide (0-1-2). They rallied three times to tie the score before Craig Anderson allowed a goal with 54.4 seconds left in overtime of Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to Vancouver.
"It’s great we battled to get a point out of it," center Kyle Turris said. "I think we got stronger as the game went on. That’s kind of how we have been playing."
Turris has two goals and one assist in two games, matching his point total from his nine prior. He may be looking forward to continuing this three-game road trip through Western Canada since he’s notched seven points in seven away games compared to three in eight at home.
Anderson will likely be back in net after his 33 saves against the Canucks weren’t enough. However, he’s put together a 1.96 goals-against average with two shutouts while going 4-2-3 and has made at least 30 saves in eight of his nine starts.
He’s won four of his last five visits to Edmonton behind a 1.58 GAA and two shutouts.